Tuesday, April 7, 2009

CFL Hall of Fame Bios

The five inductees are:

TONY ANSELMO, BUILDER: Tony Anselmo has been actively involved with the Calgary Stampeders Football Club since 1973 and part of the McMahon Stadium Society since 1974. Under his direction McMahon Stadium was converted from a pro sports facility to a multi-purpose amateur/professional facility. His time and dedication helped successfully fundraise more than $32,000,000.00 worth of improvements to McMahon Stadium. In 1991, Anselmo was a major partner in the successful transition of the Calgary Stampeder Football Club from a community-based team to private ownership. Tony Anselmo is a founder and a director of the Calgary Stampeder Football Club Wall of Fame Committee. He is also an active member of the Calgary Stampeder Alumni Association. He is a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and has been named to the Calgary Stampeder Football Club Wall of Fame as a builder.

ALONDRA JOHNSON, PLAYER: Alondra Johnson's CFL career began in 1989 when he signed as a free agent with the BC Lions. That year he was the Lions' nominee for Top Defensive Player. In 1991 he signed with the Calgary Stampeders as a free agent. He was a Western Division All-star in 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, and 2000. He was a Northern Division All-star in 1995. He was All-Canadian in 1995, 1998, 2000. He has won three Grey Cup rings in 1995, 1998, 2000. He was voted defensive player of the game in the 1998 Grey Cup game after achieving seven defensive tackles, a record at that time. In 2002, he surpassed the career mark of 1,000 defensive tackles. He was second in defensive tackles with 1,084 when he retired, and currently sits third all-time.

JIM MILLS, PLAYER: James Mills was signed as free agent with the BC Lions in August 1986. He was a Western All-Star at the offensive tackle position in 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993. He was All-Canadian in 1988, 1990, 1991. He also voted the league's Most Outstanding Lineman two years in a row 1990, 1991. Mills was signed to Ottawa as a free agent in 1994. After one year with the Rough Riders, he returned to Vancouver to finish career with the BC Lions in 1995.

RUDOLPH (RUDY) PHILLIPS, PLAYER: Phillips was signed by the Ottawa Rough Riders for the final six games of the season in 1981. In 1982, 1983, and 1984 he was the Rough Rider's nominees for Outstanding Offensive Lineman. He was the winner of the Outstanding Lineman Award two years in a row, 1982 and 1983. In 1985, Phillips left the Ottawa Rough Riders and pursued a career in the NFL. Phillips returned to the CFL in 1986, this time with the Edmonton Eskimos. Rudy Phillips was an Eastern All-Star Offensive Guard twice in 1982, 1983 and Western All-Star Offensive Guard once in 1986. He was All-Canadian three times in his career in 1982, 1983, and 1986.

GLEN WEIR, PLAYER: Glen Weir started his professional career in 1972 with the Montreal Alouettes via a trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In 1975, he had a break out season. That same year he was selected as an Eastern and All - Canadian All - Star, as well as being the Alouettes' nomination for the Schenley Awards Outstanding Defensive Player. Weir was an Eastern All-Star Defensive Tackle a total of six times in his career and All-Canadian three times. In 1977, he was voted Most Outstanding Defensive Player in the Grey Cup game, as well as winning the James P. McCaffrey Trophy awarded to the Outstanding Defensive Player in the East Division. Glen Weir rarely missed a game in his 13 season career earning him the reputation of being one of the most durable players in Montreal's history.


Anonymous said...

I remember Alondra Johnson because he played here but I can't remember Jim Mills, Rudy Phillips or Glen Weir. Surely there must have been better guys who were eligible.


Anonymous said...

If anyone watched CFL Football in the 80's and 90's, they'd know who Jim Mills is.
Originally signed as a free agent by the Lions in 1986, Mills collected three CFL All-Stars honours (1988, 1990, 1991) and was named a Western All-Star five times (1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993) over nine seasons in Black and Orange. The Vancouver native also received the nod as the league’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in two consecutive seasons (1990, 1991).

A member of the BC Lions Wall of Fame and named to the club’s 50th Season Dream Team, Mills retired as a Lion following the 1995 season after a one-year stint with the Ottawa Rough Riders. Over nine seasons, he appeared in 129 regular season games.